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Japan and F1: Why Have Drivers Disappointed with Odds in Their Favour?

Japan has had more drivers start a Formula One grand prix than Australia, Austria, Canada, Spain, Finland and New Zealand (and plenty of other countries). In fact, there are only 10 countries in the world with more F1 drivers than Japan. Despite those numbers, the countries listed above have something that Japan does not have: at least one F1 world champion. Only eight Finns have even started a race (17 Japanese drivers have), but three of them are world champs. It gets worse: No Japanese driver has ever won a race. Japan and the Netherlands are the only countries with more than five F1 drivers that have failed to produce a race winner. And at least the Dutch have an excuse. There are only 1...

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